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Stray dog menace rampant in Dindigul

A dog van kept at the Corporation animal birth control centre and dog shelter in Dindigul on Wednesday.

A dog van kept at the Corporation animal birth control centre and dog shelter in Dindigul on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: G_KARTHIKEYAN

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Seven persons suffer dogbite in one day

DINDIGUL

Seven persons suffered dogbite in Dindigul on Tuesday evening. They were all passengers awaiting to board buses in the bus stand, where a couple of stray dogs attacked them.

The Corporation officials on receiving the news, visited them at the Government Hospital and the victims were administered Anti-Rabies Vaccination apart from Tetanus and immunoglobulin.

According to residents and motorists, the menace has become rampant in the city, as packs of dogs are found roaming in different areas, including public spaces like bus stand and railway junction. The issue has been reported from even residential areas like Begambur, RM Colony and Silvathur Road.

“Motorists find it unsafe to ride inside residential areas after dusk, as stray dogs take over the streets. They even chase bikes and car, causing freak accidents sometimes. Small children who play out in the evenings and elderly people are at a higher risk of getting attacked,” said M. Gokul, a resident of Begambur.

“Areas like MVM Nagar extension and Vignesh Nagar are worst affected with stray dog menace as a large group of canines make it difficult for people to step out of the house in the evening. The street light facilities are also poor and inadequate, making it even more dangerous for the people,” said G. Hari, a resident of MVM Nagar.

The animal birth control (ABC) centre and dog shelter, run by the Dindigul corporation, located inside a small lane, behind the district jail on Taluk Office Road, lies locked most of the times, without any activity.

“The dog catching vehicle does not come to areas on the outskirts of the city. We have not seen it even once in our locality,” added Hari.

However, Municipal Health Officer, Anitha Mohandoss, said that nearly 300 dogs had been caught and ABC surgeries performed on them in the past three months.

“The Corporation has signed an MoU with Kodaikanal Society for the Protection and Care of Animals and Humane Society International, who have been performing the surgeries and giving ARV for the dogs,” she said.

“A team of doctors from north India who were doing the surgeries here are yet to return from the Deepavali break, after which the ABC activities will resume. The NGO has been doing it area-wise with a proper survey so that no dog is left behind. The Corporation is taking all necessary steps to reduce stray dog menace,” she added.

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